readings will be drawn from four sources: Demosthenes' speech
in Greek with a helpful translation; introductions to the
speech and to oratory in the Cambridge text and the Texas
translation; other speeches contained in the Univ. of Texas
series on Attic oratory; scholarship collected by Carawan
in his edition on Attic oratory. We will proceed on two
parallel tracks: continuous reading of the Greek; pieces
in English that examine oratory and that illustrate different
styles of rhetoric, and the career of Demosthenes and the
context of On the Crown. Since class meetings occur
on Wednesdays and Fridays, you should focus your homework
from Friday-Wednesday on preparing chapters of the Greek,
and your Wednesday-Friday homework on preparing pieces in
English. While our focus on Fridays will be on works in
English, you should expect that we will cover some Greek
on those days as well, so please review Greek for Fridays.
Demosthenes On the Crown
speech consists of 324 chapters (82 pages in English)
and so we will read select portions in Greek. The linked
table details the structure of the speech and the
passages we will read in Greek.
The Attic Orators, ed. E. Carawan, Oxford
Readings in Classical Studies
= Demosthenes' Speeches 18 and 19,
The Oratory of Classical Greece vol. 9
= Demosthenes On the Crown, Cambridge Greek
& Latin Classics
and studying rhetoric
Gagarin, "Introduction:: Greek Oratory," in
D18, pp. xi-xxix
- E. Carawan,
"Introduction: The Speechwriter's Art and the Imagined
- L. Rubenstein,
"Arguments from Precedent in Attic Oratory,"
AO pp. 359-371.
- H. Yunis, Taming
Democracy: Models of Political Rhetoric in Classical
Athens (Ithaca, NY), DF82 .Y86 1996.
biography; political career; corpus of speeches
Life of Demosthenes, Trans. B. Perrin, Harvard,
of Halikarnassos on Demosthenes' prose style
(Perseus Encyclopedia entry)
2: Timeline," D18, pp. 227-230.
- M. Gagarin,
"Introduction to Demosthenes," D18,
- H. Yunis,
"Introduction to this Volume," D18,
Speech, Text, Transmission," in DOC, pp.
1: The Spurious Documents from Demosthenes 18: On
the Crown," D18, pp. 217-227.
assembly, lawcourts, celebrations & funerals: venues
power of persuasion: from Gorgias and "intellectual
oratory" to Demosthenes' On the Crown:
oratory and the lawcourts: citizens, women, prostitutes
and legal procedures
- M. Lang,
Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora,
rev. J. McK. Camp II (American School of Classical Studies
at Athens, 2004), especially the section on "Judiciary
and Lawcourts," pp. 23-27.
- S. Usher,
"Lysias and his Clients," AO pp.
Porter, "Adultery by the Book: Lysias 1 (On
the Murder of Eratosthenes) and Comic Diegesis,"
AO pp. 60-88.
- H. Meyer-Laurin,
"Law and Equity in the Attic Trial," AO
Humphreys, "Social Relations on Stage: Witnesses
in Classical Athens," AO pp. 141-213.
- C. Carey,
" 'Artless' Proofs in Aristotle and the Orators,"
AO pp. 229-246.
Mirhady, "Torture and Rhetoric in Athens,"
AO pp. 247-268.
Todd, "Lady Chatterley's Lover and the
Attic Orators: The Social Composition of the Athenian
Jury," AO pp. 312-358.
oratory: funerary orations and Panhellenic festivals
or deliberative oratory: the great debates in the ekklesia
On the Crown
On the Crown
In Defense of Ctesiphon On the Crown: Introduction
- Background; Synopsis of the speech," in D18,
Yunis, "Politics as Literature: Demosthenes
and the Burden of the Athenian Past," AO
Athenian Poliltics in Response to Macedonian
Expansion," pp. 1-6.
The Graphe Paranomon and the Trial
on Demosthenes' Crown," pp. 7-12.
Explaining Chaeronea," pp. 12-17
speeches: Thucydides' Mytilenean debate (3.26-50); Melian